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Closure of The RSR

The Board of The RSR are required to advise all customers that with immediate effect all services provided by this blog are teminated. A replacement blog service is being provided by: https://wordpress.com/view/bosmelin.wordpress.com All passengers, purveyors of goods, minerals and livestock, tramps, vagabonds, rogues and even trainspotters are cordially invited to avail themselves of the new service which they will find more focussed and, well, simply nicer. The Board wishes to exp

RichardS

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Still sorting the landscape.

Metamorphic rock, any of a class of rocks that result from the alteration of preexisting rocks in response to changing environmental conditions, such as variations in temperature, pressure, and mechanical stress, and the addition or subtraction of chemical components. The underlying rocks of Bosemlin are plywood and deal and I am altering these by a process involving the application of a saw and drill slowly turning them into sawdust. Yes, I am still rebuilding the landscape at the River End

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Building the landscape

Boscarne station on the heritage Bodmin & Wenford Railway. There were virtually no trees of any size at the time the model depicts. Copyright: Richard Slipper 2016 The topography of Bosmelin (Boscarne Junction) is not straightforward as it comprises a variety of landscapes and the associated plant life. The railway lines sit on a ledge carved into a hillside. The single line approaching from the west runs along the valley side whereas the two lines exiting the junction area leave on

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Navvies ‘R’ Me

The railways in the UK would not have been built without the labour provided by navvies. Navvies were hard working ground workers digging cuttings, boring tunnels and building embankments with shovels and barrows. Now serious navvy work is not something you normally associate with model railways but over the last couple of days I have been doing some industrial scale topographical remodelling on Bosmelin. OK, I’ll admit it’s not navvying but the principals are not dissimilar. The river

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Getting It Level.

There are many elements to good running on a model railway but the foundation is always the baseboards and this is particularly true on a layout that is designed to be portable. Making sure that the baseboards are straight, true and, where they should be, flat and level is absolutely vital and must not be skimped. I have been keen to ensure that weight is minimised but true to form my baseboards for Bosmelin are starting to get heavier. I shall reduce the weight where possible in due course

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RichardS

 

Track Planning

I can happily report that the brass dowels work quite well and all the scenic boards aligned first time. Dowels in place and before boards bolted together Furthermore, by a coincidence or was it some long forgotten element of my plan the height from the floor to the bottom of the scenic boards is 100cm which just happens to be the one of the predetermined heights allowed for by my Aldi adjustable trestles. This is pretty handy as any for the obvious reasons. Happily the bottom of the

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Bushes, dowels and circlips.

In my previous article I mentioned that the next job was to align and join the ‘stage boards.’ What I didn’t mention was a particular feature that one of these must have. The board that needs to be removable is the one in front of the door on the left. Portable layouts normally use some form of alignment which can be part of the joining mechanism or can be stand alone. Almost without exception these stick out and this means that some ‘wriggle room’ is needed to disengage a board from its

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Main Stage.

There are many reasons why people build model railways from those who want to play trains and model villages to those whose creations represent a time and place of historical, social or geographic interest. I unashamedly place myself in the latter group though my aspirations are probably greater than my abilities can deliver. At what point a train set becomes a model railway is moot but what is undeniable is that those layouts which appeal to me also show artistry. In my mind Bosmelin is a ful

RichardS

RichardS

 

Planning.

When building a ‘model railway in the landscape’ the planning process is comprised, essentially, of three elements which are all inter dependent. Make an alteration to one and this will impact the other two. The three elements are the baseboards which must support the track and give a foundation to the landscape The track plan which must nestle in the landscape and look as though it was an integral part and lastly the landscape itself, the landforms, rivers, woodlands, embankments etc. All thre

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Progress? Well, a little.

30587 at Boscarne Junction I thought I’d start this with a picture of 30587 at Boscarne which is of course the inspiration behind Bosmelin. And anyway it’s a nice picture. Although I’m not really a ‘loco-geek/nerd/nutter,’ having more interest in railways as a whole, locomotives are a pretty vital component. Rapid progress in building THE RSR has never been allowed to interfere with my inherent ability to let other activities divert me from fulfilling a goal. Ashamedly I see that it is over 7

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RichardS

 

Bian Bos

Having spent some time happily carving away at the polystyrene I was eventually satisfied with the basic form I had achieved. As the nature of this experiment has become more formal I’ve given the diorama a name – Bian Bos which is my East Anglian attempt at Cornish for Small Dwelling. No doubt a competent Cornish linguist will/might correct me if any grammatical elements are wrong. I need to test a fake water medium so I’ve included a culvert and a small brook at one end of the board. The sto

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RichardS

 

Polystyrene.

I’ve started adding some polystyrene to the foam board experiment to create some topography. Boscarne junction is cut into a hill side so at the rear there is a fairly steep bank. While to the front the same hillside falls down to water meadows and the river. The whole exercise is turning into a little diorama and I shall experiment further with the surface dressings I might use on Bosmelin. Thus I shall need to include some ‘water’ and of course trees both of which I am less confident about.

RichardS

RichardS

 

Prototyping

Bosmelin will be a railway in a landscape. The track layout will be laid on a spine of baseboards with the main scenic sections added around it in a jigsaw manner. This has several advantages regarding space, manoeuvrability, weight, access and so forth. The visual experience is crucial and the jigsaw enhances this by avoiding continuous join lines. Joins being disguised by field hedges and banks for example in a random pattern. To evaluate how large the spine boards need to be and how they nee

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RichardS

 

The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway

Although Oby (see previous posts) is bubbling away my main project is and always has been a layout called “Bosmelin” and it is this that I shall be progressing in 2019. I have found the history and operations of the Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway, which linked the two towns after which it was named, particularly interesting. My library of books about the line and related magazine articles has grown over the last decade while the release of several ready to run models that were prototypical to

RichardS

RichardS

 

The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway

Although Oby (see previous posts) is bubbling away my main project is and always has been a layout called “Bosmelin” and it is this that I shall be progressing in 2019. I have found the history and operations of the Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway, which linked the two towns after which it was named, particularly interesting. My library of books about the line and related magazine articles has grown over the last decade while the release of several ready to run models that were prototypical to

RichardS

RichardS

 

Plausibility

<p>I’ve been contemplating whether planting a fictitious station at Oby would be in context with the other railways in that part of Norfolk. Although I’m happy with a make believe scenario I still like to think it will be plausible. This is one reason I have a liking for ‘might have been’ subjects. Oby was never a might have been.</p> <p>Imagine, therefore, my delight when reading ‘The Norfolk Railway – Railway Mania in East Anglia 1834-1862’ by John Barney, pub. Mintaka Books

RichardS

RichardS

 

Plausibility

I’ve been contemplating whether planting a fictitious station at Oby would be in context with the other railways in that part of Norfolk. Although I’m happy with a make believe scenario I still like to think it will be plausible. This is one reason I have a liking for ‘might have been’ subjects.  Oby was never a might have been. Imagine, therefore, my delight when reading ‘The Norfolk Railway – Railway Mania in East Anglia 1834-1862’ by John Barney, pub. Mintaka Books 2007, to find reference to

RichardS

RichardS

 

Grazing Marsh & Big, Big Skies

<p>I’ve always been more comfortable in the flat lands of East Anglia than in the more hilly or mountainous regions of the UK. Sure they’re pretty to look at and can be impressive but I couldn’t live among them unless I was on the coast – where things get flat again.</p> <p>Once when looking at a hilly view a colleague commented upon how nice he thought it would be to live there. My response was along the lines that you couldn’t actually see anything unless you lived in top of

RichardS

RichardS

 

Grazing Marsh & Big, Big Skies

I’ve always been more comfortable in the flat lands of East Anglia than in the more hilly or mountainous regions of the UK. Sure they’re pretty to look at and can be impressive but I couldn’t live among them unless I was on the coast – where things get flat again. Once when looking at a hilly view a colleague commented upon how nice he thought it would be to live there. My response was along the lines that you couldn’t actually see anything unless you lived in top of the hill and that homes in

RichardS

RichardS

 

I’m Still Here!

<p>It’s been a while since I ‘penned’ a few words to describe happenings at TheRSR. I have not been idle but have been otherwise occupied. What follows is a brief resume of the various projects previously mentioned in the blog.</p> <p><strong>Bohemian Saxony</strong> <strong>–</strong> the continental tram layout. The team decided to leave this project in the hands of the shop proprietor once all the electrics and control panels had been installed. The a

RichardS

RichardS

 

I’m Still Here!

It’s been a while since I ‘penned’ a few words to describe happenings at TheRSR. I have not been idle but have been otherwise occupied. What follows is a brief resume of the various projects previously mentioned in the blog. Bohemian Saxony – the continental tram layout. The team decided to leave this project in the hands of the shop proprietor once all the electrics and control panels had been installed. The aim being that he would finish the scenic works and install the layout in the owners h

RichardS

RichardS

 

Making Tracks

To run P4 rolling stock you need P4 track. P4 track is easy – obtainable RTR from C&L or ‘makeable’ from Easitrack or of course for the really keen made from components. But points/turnouts/switches and common crossings? The more affluent can get someone to make their point-work but for most folk they must be constructed by hand from components. So that’s the place to start. Having decided I needed a test track and that a test track must have at least one point I set about making one. A fo

RichardS

RichardS

 

Making Tracks

To run P4 rolling stock you need P4 track. P4 track is easy – obtainable RTR from C&L or ‘makeable’ from Easitrack or of course for the really keen made from components. But points/turnouts/switches and common crossings?  The more affluent  can get someone to make their point-work but for most folk they must be constructed by hand from components. So that’s the place to start. Having decided I needed a test track and that a test track must have at least one point I set about making one. A

RichardS

RichardS

 

Meanwhile in Central Europe

<p>There’s been a bit of a break in work on Bohemian Saxony. But today we starting working again. First up was getting the shuttle on the mine line to work.</p> <p>Can’t post videos here so YouTube will have to suffice. <a href=" rel="nofollow">https://youtu.be/dNlUukoul4I</a></p> <p> </p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/thersr.wordpress.com/1015/"><imgalt="" border="0" src="http://feeds

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Meanwhile in Central Europe

There’s been a bit of a break in work on Bohemian Saxony. But today we starting working again. First up was getting the shuttle on the mine line to work. Can’t post videos here so YouTube will have to suffice.   https://youtu.be/dNlUukoul4I  

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